By Darla Higgins
Jimplecute Staff Writer
Working as a postal carrier for the city of Jefferson was in S.S. Brantley’s blood.
His uncle, Wayne Henderson, delivered the mail around town in the early 1900s; Brantley followed in his footsteps in 1974. He worked as a rural carrier for 21 years before retiring in 1995.
Brantley owns a piece of history that he decided to share with everyone who visits the post office.
A photo dating back to about 1917 shows six rural carriers – including Brantley’s uncle – standing next to their horses and mail-carrying buggies. They were likely posing near the building that now houses the Jefferson Historical Musuem, as it served as the town’s post office from 1890 to 1963.
Brantley’s friend, Dan Eudy, took the small, 3-inch by 5-inch photo and enlarged it while retaining the sharpness of the original picture. On Friday, Brantley brought the framed photo to the post office, where it will be displayed in the lobby. Postmaster Pam Williamson said she’s grateful for the donation of the photo, because it can now be enjoyed by the public.
“The carriers as demonstrated in the picture were dedicated to serving the community, and the same applies to date,” she added.
During his career as a rural carrier, Brantley delivered the mail in a Scout 4X4 vehicle. “When I retired,” he said, “I’d put $380,000 miles on it.” While making his rounds over the years…
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